Oban Lorne impress at Moffat Bellhaven 10’s Festival
Oban Lorne’s 1st XV and Ladies teams made the long trip to Moffat RFC on Saturday to take part in their first pre-season fixtures of the 2018/2019 season.
The 1st XV had their first outing under the guidance of new head coach Andrew Johnston while the Ladies had the consistency of Corrie Louw who will be hoping to build on what has been a very successful time for the team recently.
Both teams have been working hard in pre season and have been eager to get going ahead of competitive fixtures now only a couple of weeks away.
A very youthful 1ST xv squad departed Oban for the long trip looking forward to the first chance to put all the training of the last few weeks into practice.
Oban first fixture was against Walkerburn who play in the East Regional leagues.
A strong performance from Oban saw them defeat the borders team by 24-0 Tries from Graham MacEachan x2 , Lorne MacLachlan and Radostin Maksimov.
Oban were quick to the breakdown and recycled ball well to run in 4 good tries.
Next game up was old foes Stewartry Rugby club. Oban have had some great games against the Dumfriesshire team over the last few seasons in West Division 1.
Again Oban showed good resilience in defence turning over a number of rucks and creating a couple of lovely tries for Lorne MacLachlan and Stanley Lister. Only conceding 1 break away try to win the game 14-7.
Next up were Annan another team Oban have played the last few seasons in Division 1. A very Physical Annan team capitalised on a couple of Oban mistakes to win this game 3 tries to Nil.
An shoulder injury to Radostin Maksimov meant he would miss the remainder of the tournament and meant Oban were down to a bare 10 men.
Oban had finished 2nd in their pool due to the number of tries scored and met Biggar RFC from National Division 2 in the Semi final.
Oban were a wee bit overawed playing a team from 3 divisions higher than them and made a number of errors on the kick offs to allow Biggar to race into a 3 try lead.
Oban then had a great spell of possession which saw them threaten the Biggar try line a number of times before eventually scoring a great team try rounded off by Iwan Rhys Roberts.
Oban can take some consolation in how they played against the eventual tournament winners. A wee bit more composure early on could have made a big difference.
Oban Coach Andrew Johnston was delighted with the performance on the day in what was his first competition in charge having taken over from Corrie Louw.
Notable performances from the McLachlan boys Callum and Lorne, a welcome return to Stanley Lister, an assured performance by the back line well controlled and managed by Finlay Carmichael and Graham MacEachan and old head Roddy Morrison. There was also first senior games for Kieron Morrison and Robert Mclaughlin who performed well with lots more to come from these boys.
Thoughts now turn to Oban’s own tournament the Tower 10’s taking place a week on Saturday the 11th August.
Training has been going well over the first month and a healthy squad is developing with a number of bodies still to make an appearance.
Training is on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the rugby club from 7-9pm. New players are welcome to come along and see what we can offer.
Meanwhile Oban Lorne Ladies took part in the Women’s section of the event with opposition from Annan and Stewartry.
Although missing a few key players a strong team carried on the journey to play in the festival for the first time. Moffat being the home town to Laura MacCormick gave a special feeling to the day for the Oban captain.
Oban opened the day with a tough game with Premiership side Stewartry ending in a 7-7 draw.
The second game against Annan was a hard match for Oban and Oban lost out on this one by two scores.
Oban then took on Stewartry again with another draw between two well matched teams.
Another draw with Annan followed after a slow start to the game. Some strong words from Coach Corrie Louw followed at halftime aiding the team through a positive second half.
Oban improved again in their second Stewartry fixture winning comfortably.
A further win followed again with Annan as Oban ran out narrow winners.
The teams would face off again in the final that was played on the main pitch
Oban fielded a strong team, even with Annan being a league above, Oban Lorne ladies gave it their all and showed what they can do and came out with victory with a close score, 12-7.
Captain and local Laura MacCormick sunk to her knees on the final whistle. Oban Lorne ladies win their first silver wear of the season and will be hoping for more as they proceed in the BT National League 1. Another Achievement for the ladies was our very own Lucy Stewart winning ladies player of the tournament. Oban Lorne ladies training Tuesday and Thursday nights @7pm all welcome Glencruitten
Oban Lorne Prepare for 2018 Tower 10s
Oban Lorne will be hosting their second annual Tower 10s Festival on Saturday 11th of August at Glencruitten.
This year the club hope to have nine teams taking part including locals Isle of Mull RFC & Lochaber RFC, Hillhead Jordanhill RFC, Queensferry RFC, Inverness Craig Dunain RFC and the Edinburgh Clan RFC. Hosts Oban Lorne will be fielding two sides with a 1stXV taking art as well as an Oban High School Former Pupils side.
The first games kick off at 12 noon with the final expected to be played around 5pm.
Hopefully the event will build on a successful inaugural event last season.
The clubhouse bar and BBQ will be open all day from 12noon. All welcome to come along and support the teams.